Reduce your blood pressure naturally

Naturally Reduce Your Blood Pressure

hypnosis for blood pressureRoughly 1 in every 3 American adults has high blood pressure. This disease is often known as ‘the silent killer’ because many people who suffer from high blood pressure have no symptom or even clue he or she has it. High blood pressure is associated with heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, damage to arteries, enlarged heart, coronary artery disease dementia, damage to your liver and kidneys, cognitive impairment, damage to your brain… in short, high blood pressure can do damage to your entire body.

The normal reading, or standard, used to be 120/80, although now, according to the American Heart Association, ‘optimal heart health’ is now considered any reading between 110-119 over 70-79. If you consistently have a blood pressure reading of 120-139 over 80-89, your doctor may consider this ‘pre hypertensive, or a pre-curser to developing high blood pressure. He or she may give your suggestions and tips to help lower your numbers before considering medical intervention such as medications.

What is considered ‘high blood pressure’? Any consistent reading of 140-159 over 90-99 is considered high. Numbers over these are considered dangerous and even life threatening. It’s very important you follow your doctor’s advice if you have readings such as these. Your life could, literally depend upon it.

It’s also very important to never self diagnose. You may go to a drug store or department store and have your blood pressure taken at one of the little ‘bp’ stations. Maybe you have a monitor and cuff at home. Still, the best way to determine what your particular situation may call for is to see your doctor. He or she will suggest taking your blood pressure several different times during the day and keeping track of it via a chart so you can both determine together what your true blood pressure readings may be. Further medical means may then be suggested.

But perhaps you are one of those people who doesn’t like to take medication every day. Or perhaps you are pregnant, nursing, trying to get pregnant, or have another medical condition that makes you hesitate to go on medicine. What are some ways you can naturally reduce your blood pressure?

The Basics First

Almost any medical professional, from doctors, mid wives, nurses to CNAs and Pas will tell you any disease prevention and treatment starts with the basics: diet, exercise, and lifestyle. The first natural way to reduce your blood pressure is to truly and honestly examine these three things in your life and get them into balance. Let’s take each of these in turn.

Diets high in processed and sodium foods are almost always associated with high blood pressure. This can range from fast food to deli meats to even high sugar and high carb foods such as bakery goods and pasta. Having a healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and limited high sugar snacks can help you achieve not only weight loss goals, but aid in a number of other ways. Your joints will feel better. You will sleep better. Your blood pressure will be lower. Your heart rate and rapid breathing will improve. You will have more energy. In short, you will feel better because your body IS better. Cut out the excess sugar, condiments and especially salt. Try food ‘naked’ and see the difference in the taste!

Do you exercise at all? Are you active? We’ve all heard these questions. Exercise is more than sweating in the gym. It’s swimming, hiking, dancing, playing golf, using a treadmill, walking your dog and a hundred other things. Being active through exercise is essential to naturally lowering your blood pressure. So pick something active and get up off your seat (after you finish this article of course).

How much stress are you under? Do you ever take a ‘breathing break’? In today’s chaotic world, finding ‘me time’ is almost as elusive as winning the power ball lottery. Many medical paraprofessionals believe stress is almost always the number one cause of high blood pressure. Take five minutes to deep breathe every day. Practice yoga. Try meditation. Run a hot bath, plug in your favorite tunes, and relax. Try a guided course in self hypnosis course. And don’t say you can’t afford the time in your busy day. You can’t afford not to make the time.

And Now the ‘Cuts’

You knew this was coming, I bet. Anything natural is going to involve cutting out or giving up. But it’s for your better health. Don’t think of it as a ‘cut’ so much as a ‘too much of a bad thing doesn’t make it good’.

Smoking is the first cut you will need to make. Smoking raises your blood pressure by causing your arteries and veins to constrict so the heart has to work harder to pump the blood into your blood. We have several guided hypnosis programs on how to stop smoking. There are many ways and lots of help to end this habit. Find the one which works for you and save money too, not buying cigarettes.

Alcohol is the second cut. While many doctors suggest red wine in moderation is good for your heart, an entire bottle every night is not what they suggest. Nor is a six pack of beer. Reduce and even, if you can, eliminate your alcohol intake. You may be surprised how much better you feel.

Salt and sugar are the next cuts. Yes, we mentioned these before, but truly find out where you are getting sugar and salt in your diet. Read the labels of what’s in the food and products you buy. Many ‘vitamins’ contain fructose and gelcose…which is, yep, sugar. Dairy products can be very high in sodium. Sometimes the most obvious thing, such as donuts or pretzels, are not where all the sugar and salt you eat every day comes from. My doctor had a great rule of thumb for me: If I can’t pronounce what is in the food, I don’t buy it and eat it.

And Now for the Finale

One of the best ways to naturally reduce your blood pressure is to relieve stress (as we talked). This also means when you walk into your doctor’s office. Have you ever thought about how tense you are? How you dread getting on the scales and watching the nurse record your weight? How you don’t want to see your doctor’s face when he or she reads your vital stats?

Try this instead: At home, in a quiet place, picture a quiet place you want to be immersed in. Is this the beach? The mountains? A tub filled with bubbles? Find your ‘happy’ place and dive in. Then see your doctor smiling instead of frowning as he or she greets you and talks about your medical visit.

This is a self guided hypnosis. It helps relax you and your blood pressure is always lower when you are relaxed. We have several of these hypnosis mp3 sessions available.

Not only will your blood pressure come down, you will also develop techniques to help you deal more effectively with all sorts of stress. The next time that coworker jumps on your last

nerve, the last parking space is nabbed, traffic is backed up for miles, the kids are fighting and screaming, or you just want to rip your hair out, these techniques can help you find your calm and perhaps your sanity.

High blood pressure doesn’t have to be ‘the silent killer’. Nor does it always have to be controlled through medication. Hopefully using these natural means can help you achieve better heart and overall health.

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Hypnosis for Confidence

Hypnosis for confidence

Stop that self doubt!

hypnosis mp3sNothing can derail good intentions worse than a big ugly dose of self doubt. We start with all the best thoughts and steely determination to achieve the goals we set in our minds. We gather everything we need, all the supplies, the materials, and the place, time, and energy. And then…bang! Like a bolt of lightning, self doubt descends and makes us think, “Why am I even doing this? Why did I waste the time and money to try? I can’t do this. It’s beyond me. I’m not good enough.”

Self doubt is as human an emotion as love, despair, and happiness. Even the most famous and creative people in history such as writer William Shakespeare, artist Vincent Van Gogh, singer and performer Tennessee Ernie Williams, actress Sandra Bullock, horror author Stephen King, and race car great Tony Stewart admit to suffering from the pangs and plague of self doubt at times.

You may be thinking, “If even those great names doubt themselves, why should I even try to do all I want to do? I’m not nearly at their level!” Why should you keep trying? Because all the above names had one of the most simple and the most complicated thing in human history: persistence. The names above didn’t start great. They worked hard, paid their dues, so to speak, and persisted in what each wanted. Despite the often crippling self doubt.

If you are struggling with self doubt, here are a few things to help you banish that monster once and for all and achieve your goals.

Step One: Recognize What is Causing Your Self Doubt

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

As the great bard above states, we often fail to achieve what we want simply because we doubt. And because we doubt, we don’t even try. Finding out exactly why you have this doubt is the biggest step toward conquering it.

Are you so ‘used’ to not getting what you want you don’t even begin to try? Or do you automatically become a ‘doubting Thomas’ when an idea pops into your mind? Are you surrounded with fellow nay sayers who never believe in you or your ideas?

If any of these are the case, try a bit of distance between you and those who always say “no” or don’t wish to try. Sometimes a bit of space can make all the difference. And that includes your own doubting Thomas voice!

Self mediation and hypnosis can assist with silencing the voice of doubt once and for all. Once you learn to ignore or not even hear these negative sounds and words, you will find yourselves eager and determined to achieve once again. Which leads to persistence, which leads to success.

“Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do. Don’t let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible.” ― Roy T. Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart

Step Two: Just Do It!

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, and then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ― Vincent van Gogh

One of the hardest things to do is simply to begin. How many times have you put off beginning your dream because you didn’t want to get started? Maybe you stared at the blank paper or canvas for hours on end without adding anything. Or scrolled through Face Book or Twitter rather than start on something new, even though you wanted with all your heart to start and especially finish.

Writers and authors can tell you the key to writing a novel is simple, ‘butt in chair, hands typing words on screen’. Put another way, every single journey starts with a single footstep. You can’t finish if you don’t start!

As the famous painter above states, when a voice tells you no… do it regardless and that voice will shut up. The best satisfaction in the world can be making those nay sayers eat their own words. So just get doing what you want to do!

“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

Step Three: Start Small to Finish Big

“I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.” 
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

When you make a plan to achieve your goals, make the steps small and measurable. No one wants to feel overwhelmed right at the very beginning (yet we all do sometimes, don’t we?). If you start small, you will tend to get more done, in a shorter period.

This can also help you banish giving in to and thoughts of the self doubt monster. The closer you get to your goal, the more confidence you will gain. Nothing gets rid of self doubt faster than actual success.

“You don’t have to do everything by the time you’re 30. Or 40. All you need is a work ethic. It’s what allows you to push through moments of disappointment and self-doubt and fear.” – Candace Bushnell

And Finally: Imagine Life Much Bigger than You Ever Thought
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~Anaïs Nin

The wide world, as the fictional Forest Gump would say, is a big place. It costs you nothing to dream. And if you are going to dream, why not dream as big as the wide world?

Then see Life as a huge, blank empty canvas just waiting for you to place your mark upon it. Ignore all else but leaving your own unique brand on the universe. It doesn’t have to be big. A tapestry is made of small threads. You are a wonderful, special person. No one else can give what you can.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others.

Hypnosis mp3s can help improve your confidence and defeat self doubts.  You can find hypnosis downloads that are affordable, with a broad variety of sessions to help you create your best version of you, at www.HypnosisFirst.com.

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The high cost of a low price

Would you shop for the cheapest brain surgeon?  No?
Then why would you shop for the cheapest hypnotist?

All hypnotists are not created equal.
You’re not shopping for a toaster.  They don’t sell the same model everywhere you go.  Do you honestly think each place you call is offering identical services?  Of course not. So then how could you possibly compare what they charge?  It reminds me of the story of the two barbers:  The first barber hung a sign in his window that said, “$5 Haircuts.”  The second barber hung a sign in his window that said, “We Fix $5 Haircuts.”  Sometimes I think we should hang a sign in our window that says, “We Fix $50 Sessions.”

Results are all that matters.  Without results, no matter what it costs, it’s not worth it.  Does the hypnotist you are considering have not just dozens, but hundreds of clients willing to vouch for the results they achieved at that office?  Sadly, the majority of hypnotists, while they often have good intentions, could also use a lot more training and experience to consistently get RESULTS.

A good hypnotist can adjust their techniques to fit the client, making sure the client both gets hypnotized and gets results.  Which means that unless you have a very low IQ or are comatose, if you want to be hypnotized, you can be hypnotized.  Yet many people believe they cannot be hypnotized because they went to a hypnotist who needed more training.

Penny wise, pound foolish.
You know the saying: You get what you pay for! And yet you’ve probably still fallen prey to the temptation to save a little money.  Usually if you try the cheaper option first, it doesn’t work, and you end up buying the better option after all.  Except now you’ve wasted money on the cheaper option instead of going straight to what works.

I’ll tell you the truth.  There are hypnotists who are cheaper than us.  I know how much they charge because our office is filled with clients who tried them first and told us how much they had already spent.  Then they had to pay a second time to work with us.  But if you see our clients’ written or video testimonials, you’ll notice those same clients saying again and again: “I wish I came here first.”

Have you considered how much money it costs you to keep your problem longer?  If you’re a smoker, every day that you don’t quit is one more day of wasting money on cigarettes.  If you have a weight problem, one more day spending money on vending machines, take-out, and bigger clothes.  No matter what your goal, your problem costs you in money, time, and emotional distress.  How long can you afford to delay before you finally solve your problem?

But I can go to a hotel seminar and pay only $50.
Do you like playing the lottery?  Sure, it can be fun, but I hope you’re not counting on your lottery winnings for retirement.

Hotel seminars are the hypnosis equivalent of the lottery.  There could be 200 people at that seminar, each paying $50.  That makes it a $10,000 session, and you share the cost with 199 other people!  These large group sessions are the least effective of all hypnosis sessions, so only a few lucky people will actually get results.  Many of them never even get hypnotized.

If you want to risk $50 on a spin of the roulette wheel, go right ahead and take your chance.  But just because a group hypnosis seminar didn’t work for you, don’t think you can’t be hypnotized or that hypnosis doesn’t work.

Success is priceless.
A good hypnotist knows their service is worth more than what you pay your hairdresser.  Any hypnotist who charges less may feel that their sessions aren’t worth very much.

Remember this: a low price may carry the high cost of thousands of dollars worth of a lifetime of cigarettes, added food costs, pain, suffering, poorer quality of life, major health risks, and even death when you choose price over success.

The question is: are you looking to solve your problem or are you looking for a cheap hypnotist?

It’s all about the outcome.  Is your outcome to achieve your goal, or is your outcome to spend as little as possible?

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What really happens when you smoke?

What Really Happens When You Smoke? 

You probably pull out the cigarette from your pack and puff away without any thought of what it’s doing to your health. You want to smoke, and you’ll not thinking about the damage to your body. But what really happens when you inhale?

At the very first puff,

  • Your heart rate increases
  • You’re exposed to 4,000 chemicals. Nicotine is only one ingredient in cigarettes.
  • You’re exposed to 40 chemicals known to cause cancer.
  • You increase the likelihood of getting lung cancer. Men who smoke are 22 more likely, and women are 12 times more likely to develop lung cancer.
  • You are twice as likely to have a heart attack than your nonsmoking friends.
  • You increase your risk of developing many diseases besides lung cancer, such as stroke, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other lung diseases.
  • You hurt your health, as well as other people around you, who are breathing in second-hand smoke.

When you smoke ten, twenty, or thirty cigarettes a day, you’re putting your life on the line. It’s probably not even a thought, but it should be.

So what happens to your body when you stop? The first thing is your body starts the healing process as soon as you quit.

  • Within 12 hours after your last cigarette, your body is healing from the harmful affects of smoking.
  • Your heart and lungs start repairing damage.
  • Your lungs are not as congested.
  • You can breathe easier.
  • Your smoker’s cough starts to fade.
  • You lower your risk of smoking-related illnesses and death.
  • Your overall health improves.
  • You contribute to cleaner air for you and everyone around you.

In fact, your body continues to heal itself. The longer you stay a nonsmoker, the more benefits you’ll experience. At the five-year mark, your risk for heart attack and strokes is the same as those as people who never smoked.

It’s never too late to take control of your health. Before you’re dealing with yet another bout of bronchitis or facing cancer, you can stop smoking. You can make a huge difference in your health by making this important decision today. If you need help in stop smoking, contact me about how I can help you quit easily and quickly with hypnosis.

7 tips to curb nicotine cravings

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 10.06.41 PM7 Tips To Curb Nicotine Cravings

Your first day as a nonsmoker may seem like an unending desire to smoke. Pay attention to those cravings, and you’ll see they only last three to five minutes.

In the beginning, there are two main types of cravings.

Physical cravings signal the reaction of nicotine withdrawal. You may feel tightness in your throat or your stomach. You may feel anxious or tense.

Psychological cravings arise from events in your daily life.

You have unconscious triggers that signal the times to smoke, and they continue to trigger the urge even after you’ve quit. Your cues may be things like driving, eating, drinking coffee or alcohol.

Kick Cravings One at a Time

Don’t tackle a whole day’s worth of cravings. Handle them as they occur, one at a time. Here are some ideas on how to shift your physical or mental activities away from smoking.

1.) Go for a walk.

Participate in physical activity, such as a walk in a park or around your neighborhood. Remember to breathe and enjoy the scenery.

2.) Take a mental vacation.

Think about a place that makes you happy and relaxed. You can visit there anytime you wish. Close your eyes, slow your breathing and visualize each detail.

3.) Hydrate your body.

When a craving comes on strong, gulp a glass of water. It’ll turn off the craving, improve your metabolism, and increase your general well being.

4.) Read your list.

Get out your list of the reasons you wanted to quit. Remembering your personal commitment will help you glide through the tough parts.

5.) Adopt an easy hobby.

Find something that’s enjoyable and easy to do whenever you can spare an extra five or ten minutes. Think of an activity you can take anywhere, like reading, knitting or word puzzles.

6.) Practice gratitude.

Take a couple of minutes and think of all the things you have to be grateful for. A gratitude journal will keep you focused on the positive and further motivate you to keep staying smoke-free.

7.) Acceptance and release.

Learn how to react differently. A craving doesn’t mean you absolutely must smoke – you only need to distract your mind and body for a few minutes. As you continue to be a nonsmoker, the cravings will be further apart, with less intensity and duration.

Practice these seven steps a day at a time. Before you know it, your days of being a smoker will be far behind you.

 

Chronic bronchitis rampant among smokers

Of current smokers in the U.S., 2,633,000 have chronic bronchitis from smoking.

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the airways, or bronchial tubes.  When your airways are inflamed and/or infected, less air is able to flow to and from the lungs and you cough up heavy mucus or phlegm.  There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. A cute bronchitis can accompany a cold and clears up after a week or two.

A person with chronic bronchitis has a mucus-producing cough most days of the month, three months of a year for two years in a row without other underlying disease to explain the cough. After a long period of irritation:

  • Excess mucus is produced constantly
  • The lining of the airways becomes thickened
  • An irritating cough develops
  • Air flow may be hampered
  • The lungs become scarred

The airways then make an ideal breeding place for infections.

Source: CDC. Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity – United States, 2000. MMWR 2003; 52(35) 842-844. Table.

URL: http://1.usa.gov/MYL9Mg

How much are you paying now?

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 9.26.27 PMOn July 1, Minnesota’s per pack tax on cigarettes went up by $1.60. The price increase significantly raises the cost of cigarettes to an average of $7.50 per pack. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Minnesota, and quitting now can greatly benefit both your health and bank account.